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called you to glory and courage. And will you expect a crown for praying for it or wishing for it? Such a crown is not worth a wearing. You must fight if you would win a crown that fadeth not away. Let not the opportunity pass. Were you to come out and affirm before heaven and earth that you would unsheathe the sword of the Spirit and never return it to its scabbard until you saw the Twelve Apostles restored to the thrones which the Lord gave them; until you saw them regarded as the sole lawgivers under Jesus, and their institutions cordially acquiesced in, and practised by all the disciples, you cannot tell what influence your example would exert over many who are halting between two opinions; what good would result to many, what glory to God, and what honor to yourselves. Now is the time to do the work of the Lord. The night approaches. Arise, then, and to your post in the Army of the Faith. If you will not, the Lord's cause will triumph without you, and you may repent when you can. not reform.


PERSONAL REFORMATION. “EXCEPT your righteousness excel the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven;" not as a preacher in this county happened to say, “Except your tithes exceed the tithes of the Scribes and Pharisees,” (who only gave a tenth of all,] "you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven;" not as another class of preachers say, “Except the righteousness of Christ, which is to be yours by believing it, exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven" but it is, "My disciples, except your righteousness," &c. for many workers of iniquity say, “Lord, Lord”—many of the unjust, rapacious, and unmerciful, say, "Master, Master;" but it is only he who does the will of the heavenly Father, who shall enter the heavenly and eternal kingdom.

“Oh! that I had true faith,” said Evangelicus in his 70th year, and on his death-bed-_-Oh! that I had true and saving faith," repeated he. “I have been seeking the Lord for 50 years, yet I fear my faith is deficient. I would give the world to know that my faith was of the genuine kind. True, justifying, saving faith, of the operation of God, is that which my soul longs for." Poor man! half a century a christian without a christian faith! rather, perhaps, without the knowledge and works of a christian. What a perversion of words, ideas, and things has this popular notion of a saving faith generated! A saving faith! as if there was a saving essence in one sort of faith which another lacked. The saving essence of faith is, that it works by lore. Hence wherever there is the belief of the gospel, there is a working soul-one that lahors for the food which does not perish-one that strives to enter through the strait gate---one that runs, wrestles, fights, and agonizes for the crown--one, indeed, that works out his own salvation, because he believes and feels that God works in him to will and do the things good and profitable.

But, “WHAT DO YOU MORE THAN OTHERS?” This is a question put by Jesus to his disciples. He certainly was an orthodox teacher, and why do we not regard his lessons? If christians do no more than others, they are no better than others. Every christian must be a reformer. A reformer he must be until every thought, and word, and deed is just what it ought to be. There are some things of which we must do less, and others of which we must do more, than others. Besides there are some things which other men than christians do not at all practise.

But we would only now remind all, that until reformation be perfected in spirit, word, and deed, the christian must be a reformer. And it is much easier to reform the creed than the heart, and the doctrine than the manner of life. But christians must differ far from other men if they will hear any comparison with Jesus and those whom he praised; for they and he differed very much from all other persons.


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Essex, Va. December 28, 1831. Dear Brother Campbell,

THIS will inform you that Bishop SEMPLE is no more. He finished his course at 9 o'clock on the 25th instant-that is, on Christmas day. He was confined 8 or 10 days with a bad cold, which terminated in a pleurisy. I am reminded of the circumstance of the death of Moses, in the eath of our good old brother. He lived to see the foundation stone presented for the New Testament Church, but entered not into the full enjoyments of it while here on earth. Your father delivered a discourse (the last he heard) on the reformation now going on; after hearing which, brother Semple bid him God speed. That same evening they partook of the loaf together, and after making some inquiry into the reformation we are laboring to bring about among all the worshippers of Jesus Christ our Lord, at parting he gave your father his benediction.

We should be thankful to have his death recorded in the Harbinger. You know he was truly a good man, and few men labored more to promote the happiness and salvation of mankind. He served his generation faithfully; but would thank you to give your views of his labors as a servant of God. We know that it is not customary to publish in the Harbinger obituary notices, but we think a correct statement of the labors of so good a man as brother Semple was, would be a stimulus to the rising generation. Therefore, I hope you will do us this favor in handing down to posterity the amiable and exemplary character of this laborious servant of God. Yours in the Lord,


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I AM sorry, indeed, that I am unable to do justice to the memory of the deceased, by giving such a sketch of the life and labors of this aged, venerable, and much esteemed servant of the Lord, as would place him in his proper character before our readers. To many of them he is much better known than to us. We would sympathize with his family and surviving relatives, and with the christians in the churches which he planted and watered, to whom his removal hence will be justly esteenied and long felt a very grievous bereavement; hoping, however, that the assurance felt of his going home to the Lord, will lessen the sorrow necessarily attendant on his absence from them. We know that our deceased brother labored much for many years, and was extensively known, respected, and beloved on account of his labors in the conversion of the world and in building up the congregations. t is to be hoped that he who wrote the history of the Baptists in Virginia, will find a biographer who can do justice to his memory, and so moralize on the incidents of his life as to afford examples and incentives to the rising generation to devote themselves more unreservedly to the service of the Lord. It is to us a most alleviating circumstance in the demise of our

brother, that, notwithstanding the steps which had been taken by him and others to oppose the reformation, from remaining prejudice and misapprehension, the christian finally triumphed over the man and the sectary. He heard my father deliver a discourse (the last it seems he ever heard) to the congregation in Fredericksburg, to which he had for some time ministered. He also had a conversation with him at dinner, in the house of brother Leitch, Fredericksburg, with both of which he was so well pleased, as not only to unite with him in commemorating the Lord's death, but, in bidding him adieu, to give him his benediction, and to wish him God speed in the work of reformation. Thus the last public act of his life, by the good providence of the Lord, was his annulment or abrogation of the Decrees of the King and Queen Conference. In this last public act I rejoice for his own sake, for his family's sake, for the sake of all the churches in Virginia, and for the reputation of the deceased. Had it not been for this most happy incident his sun had set behind a cloud.


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Verily, I say to you, they have their reward.THE Catholics sainled, and the Pagans deified dead men; but the Protestants worship the living: Reverend and holy is his name,” while yet he lives in good keeping, with all the fashions of a sinful world. But yet one attribute of the Divinity is not enough for some men. It will not suffice to style them Reverend. They are not satisfied with this title. It has become too common. Hence Doctor of Divinity" must be bestowed on men of the comparative de gree, and "Right Reverend Father in God" upon those in the superlative degree.

“Doctor" signifies teacher, and therefore applies to all instructers, male and female. Hence as the name of office, we have Doctors of A, B, C, Doctors of Grammar, of Mathematics, Philosophy, Law, Medicine, and Divinity. Bat as a title of honor and worshipful respect, it is only bestowed on an elect few of the priesthood.

It is now wholly a title of honor bestowed by men upon those of the kingdom of the clergy who are likely most efficiently to build it up in the world. It designates no species of divinity, nor any attainment in the critical knowledge of scripture: for I know many Doctors of Divinity who cannot read the first chapter of either Testament in the tongues in which they were first written, and some who are without the critical knowledge of any one book or language in the world; and we all know that “Doctor of Divinity” means no sort of divinity: for it belongs to orthodox and he'erodox, Catholic and Protestant, and must therefore be regarded wholly as a title of honor bestowed upon those who have rendered, or are likely to render, important services to the kingdom which bestows these honors.

It presupposes that the subject of the degree will be gratified, pleased, de. lighted, honored, with this titular elevation: for who would wear a title which was a reproach to them! It therefore judges of the person about to be doctorated to be a man in the flesh-not regenerated--not a new creature: for the Lord Jesus positively forbade his disciples, even the Apostles, to receive an honorary title, such as Reverend or Rabbi. Of course, then, the Board of Trustees, which bestows the title, regards the person in the crucible about being moulded, as more attached to them than to Jes else they would not say, Be you called Reverend or Doctor," in defiance of Jesus the lawgiver. Hence the Boards of honor who make religious Knights, never select spiritual men unless it should be by mistake. It is seldom they mistake: yet they do once in a hundred years make a mistake. John Newton was one of tbose whom they mistook for a pliant churchman; but he spued the honor out of his mouth as most loathsome to his spiritual taste.

These remarks are occasioned by noticing that Wm. T. Brantly, Editor of the Christian Iodex, Philadelphia, and general advocate for all that is fashion. able in the Baptist operations, has a few weeks since received the title of D. D. I did 'expect it I confess, and I did anticipate that it would sit very easy and quiet upon his conscience; but still I resolved not to notice it until he had time to renounce it if he did not like it. It not appearing to be renounced by him, I think it is due to him and to the public to let it be announced that W. T. Brantly is now the Reverend W. T. Brantly, D. D. And, indeed, I think he deserves the title full as well as any of those who gave it him. What effect it had in producing the late revival in his church, I leave it to those nigher the scene of action to judge. But I have only to request that no one

will think me guilty of either blasphemy or sacrilege, or making too light of sacred things, in taking this formal notice of a very common incident, which I think fully illustrates one saying of the Lord's--viz. "Truly, I tell you, they have their reward,'

The common Priests and all the Levites in the Baptist priesthood will be careful to render honor to whom honor is due, and hereafter they will accost brother Brantly, "Reverend brother Brantly, D. D.Before honor is humility. He humbled himself to notice us; therefore the priesthood exalted him!




THE EVANGELIST. WALTER SCOTT proposes to publish a monthly religious paper, to be titled THB EVANGELIST." This paper will plead for the following and other important articles in the christian system, viz:

1. That Jesus is the Messiah promised by God to the Jewish nation. 2. That "he died for our sins according to the scriptures."

3. That "he was buried, and rose again on the third day, according to the scriptures."

4. That he is now in heaven, and will finally judge the world.

5. I hat every one who believes on him, with all his heart desiring to inherit eternal life, by a subsequent life of holiness, is entitled, in the first instance, to a personal acquittal from all past sins

6. That this first remission,” (to use the words of an excellent and distinguished lady, John Arstey`s mother,) "is by baptism, and all subsequent trespasses by confession."

7. That the enjoyment of the Holy Spirit is promised by God to all who, in this way, obey his Son Jesus Christ.

8. That to all who thus receive the gospel, and who by patient cont nuance in well doing look for glory, honor, and immortali y, God will finally give eternal life.

These things, then, the great principles and privileges which originally constituted the gospel, the aggregate of which now controls an immense religious reformation in these states and other countries, and the encouragement of biblical learning, historical and biographical sketches, &c. &e. will form leading topics in “The Evangelist."

In regard to science and education, matters which highly interest the public, it may be observed that books on external and mechanical nature, books on the philosophy of mind, and on the physiological sciences, abound every where; and the Editor reserves to himself the right of publishing, on these subjects, whatever he may deem worthy of his readers' attention.

Education consists in knowledge and practice; and all education is to be framed and administered with a reference to human nature-viz the physical, intellectual, and moral powers of man-powers by which we exist, know, and enjoy. Accordingly it has been a desideratum with the moderns to ascertain what human nature is in the detail, in order that a scheme of education, rational and perfected, may be adapted to the analysis.

It must be confessed that the highest applause is due to their success, not that philosophers have manifested an equal regard to all the departments of human nature just mentioned, for this they actually have not done; for while the intellectual powers of the mind bave been deemed worthy of the genius of a Locke, a Priestly, a Reid, an a Stewart, whose labors and learning have shed a rich light on every part of this branch of moral sc ence, it is to be regretted that the same regarii bas not been paid to our physical and moral nature. Ön a subject so interesting to individuals and society, then, as that of education, the Editor thinks it his duty not to be wholly s'lent.

All party feuds will be, as much as possible, avoided; and whether “The Evangelist” treat of religion, science, or education, the language, it is hoped, will be in coincidence with the dignity of the subject and with the respect due to the public.

TERMS. "THE EVANGELIST" will be published on the first Monday of every month, from January, 1832, on a royal sheet, and will contain 24 pages, at One Dollar per aonum, if paid in advance, or One Dollar and Fifty Cents, if paid ar the end of the year.

Any person acting as agent, and becoming responsible for five copies, payable in advance, shall have one copy for his trouble, and any one remitting to the Editor five dollars for five copies, shall have one copy for his trouble.

All communications to be post paid, addressed to the Editor in Cincinnata,


LT Means, Steubenville, Ohio, paid vols. 1 and 2. J Bell, Steubenville, Ohio, vols. 1 and 2. E A Smith, Danville, Ky, vols 1 and 2 for E C Miller, A Adams, Haydensville, Ky, vols 1 and 2 for G Mimmis, vol 2 for J Cross,

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